Friday, September 21, 2007

I Think It's All Over

My cousin is staying at Quinquireme Towers this week.

Me: Ooh, how's that website of yours going?

Cousin: Oh, that. Well it turned out that one of the developers was sick of social networking, so he didn't want to do it any more. And then it turned out that Facebook had the same sort of application already, so there wasn't any point.

Me: Oh dear. So what are you going to do instead?

Cousin: I'm going to become a lawyer.

Full-time score at the end of the Second Dotcom Boom: Facebook 1 (Zuckerberg 07), Everyone Else 0.


Annie Rhiannon said...

You know what I am really sick of about Facebook? Geting all this email about zombies and chumps and cocktails. It's so MySpazz. I can't find how to block this stuff from coming through into my gmail address and it's doing my head in.

Not enough to actually quit it altogether, mind you. Meh.

GreatSheElephant said...

Exactly, Annie. It's all getting a bit irritating - having to log on to see stuff that could have just as easily been emailed directly to me. And I really couldn't care less about being a pirate. In fact I deleted the pirate application this morning and feel strangely cleansed as a result.

Mind you, I have received a pick up attempt from a very small Tibetan so all is not negative.

patroclus said...

Apparently Facebook is in the process of hiring a UK PR agency in preparation for the coming media backlash. But I don't know whether people will swarm away from it and leave it to die, like Friends Reunited, or whether it's already embedded itself so deeply in our lives that we'll never be able to free ourselves from it.

GreatSheElephant said...

Apparently? Get in there!

patroclus said...

I don't know, GSE - once the tide of media and consumer opinion turns against Facebook, there's going to be a lot of crap for the chosen PR agency to deal with, followed rapidly by a total lack of media interest. And inevitably, nothing the agency does will ever compare with the reams of positive coverage the company got without the aid of a PR agency, so I can't see an awful lot of glory coming out of it.

Look at Second Life - it got loads of positive coverage during the upward curve of the hype cycle, then it hired a UK PR agency somewhere around the peak, and now the only media coverage it gets is about how no one actually uses it and how all these foolish companies poured all their marketing money into it for no discernible return. The rest of the time no one even wants to talk about it.

In Gartner terms, Second Life is in the Trough of Disillusionment,and I reckon Facebook is about to go the same way.